‘Club legend’ Mbappé says goodbye to PSG

Henry

Kylian Mbappé scored a goal on Sunday in his last home performance as a player for Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), although the French champions nevertheless suffered a surprising 3-1 defeat against Toulouse.

Mbappé confirmed in a video on social media on Friday that he is leaving PSG when his contract expires at the end of the season. This brings his seven-year association with the club to an end.

Real Madrid is likely the player’s next destination. This move was an open secret after he informed the club in private about his intention to settle elsewhere in February.

Mbappé wore the captain’s armband on Sunday and opened the scoreboard early against Toulouse. This took his goals for the season to 44 in all competitions.

Thijs Dallinga soon settled matters for the visitors against a PSG team that made ten changes, with Mbappé being the only one to keep his place.

Yann Gboho put Toulouse in the lead with a brilliant goal in the second half and Frank Magri completed the winning score.

Mbappé has now hit the back of the net a club record 256 times for PSG after he moved to PSG from Monaco in 2017 – in terms of an agreement worth €180 million.

Coach Luis Enrique described the 25-year-old player as a “club legend” on the eve of the match.

PSG have indicated that the celebration after Sunday’s game will be dedicated to their title victory, rather than any specific tribute to Mbappé.

There were a few Mbappé boos when the team was read out before the start of the match, but a large poster was put up shortly before kick-off. It depicted Mbappé, in his famous position with arms folded.

PSG’s disappointment in the Champions League means Mbappé leaves the club without ever being able to lay his hands on European football’s most coveted prize. The French captain is likely hoping to achieve that at his next club.